Beneteau 49 Wins Boat of the Year “Best Full Size Production Cruiser”
“Offers comforts dreamed of by cruising families and couples.*”
The Beneteau 49 was awarded Boat of the Year by Cruising World Magazine for Best Full Size Production Cruiser. Cruising World magazine announced* the best in boatbuilding for 2007 with its 14th annual Boat of the Year Awards on December 11th. The results will be featured in Cruising World’s January 2007 issue.
In October, the judges nominated 26 boats in six categories: small production cruisers, midsize cruisers, multihulls, full-size production cruisers, full-size cruisers and a special-purpose category called, “Nothing like it.” The judges included Stacey Collins, a lifelong cruiser who served as a consumer representative; Ed Sherman, a systems expert and curriculum developer for the ABYC; Alvah Simon who looked at safety issues and how the boat’s gear was laid out; and Peter Wormwood, a sailboat designer, manufacturer and multihull racer. The judges toured the boats at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, and sailed them on Chesapeake Bay over four days.
In the category of Full Size Production cruisers, the competition included the Bavaria 46, Hunter 45CC, Moorings 51.5, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 Performance and the Beneteau 49.
As the judges worked their way through this category, their focus began to settle on two models, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 Performance and the Beneteau 49. It was the interior of the Beneteau 49 thatsealed it with the BOTY judges in this category. “A well-organized topside combined with straight lines, lots of ports, and light colors below make this boat standout.”
“First and foremost, these boats are sailers, so on the water, sailing characteristics came to the forefront. But they are also meant to be aquatic hideaways for their owners, so dockside charm also factored into a lengthy deliberation. The Beneteau 49 offered lots of creature comforts to a cruising family or couple, making it the Best Full-Size Production Cruiser for 2007.”
Lastly, the Beneteau 49 is a sprightly performer thanks to its modern underbody and powerful sail plan. It comes with all the creature comforts for which cruisers could ask, attractive avant-garde styling, and a price that offers an excellent value.